Carolina Bride

Home Sweet Home

When Ally Bowman and Jason Earnhardt got engaged, they immediately thought of Bald Head Island for the nuptials. But when they visited their first choice chapel and pavilion, they learned the pavilion was being torn down. They moved on to plan B—a celebration created from scratch at the bride’s beloved childhood home. At first they thought it would be easy—it wasn’t!—but with the help of Dréa Cunningham and Ginger Hussey of Hey Love! Events, they worked through every detail and rental to transform the property into an elegant space of ivory, lapis, and gold. As the couple’s September 13 wedding date approached, the joyous season took a turn for sadness when Ally’s brother (also the groom’s best friend), quickly declined in his battle with cancer. “We changed the wedding date to August 30, just a shotgun wedding so he could be there, but he passed away suddenly,” says Ally. “We decided to continue [with the original date], and [his memory] was a huge part of the day. Everyone there was so close to him, too.” After the roller coaster of plans, all of the vendors “called it right back on,” Ally says. One of the biggest blessings during such a difficult time was focusing on the marriage and family and letting the details be handled by the pros. “Everyone Dréa connected us with would do anything in the world for us,” she says. “They were all amazing.”

Featured Vendors

Bridesmaids’ Dresses

J Major’s Bridal Boutique



Diamonds Direct SouthPark



Cake Expressions by Lisa



Chelish Moore Flowers


Photography & Wedding Design

Dréa Cunningham, Photo Artist



Hey Love! Events—planning Artistry Florals—flowers Men’s Wearhouse—tuxedos Jami Svay—hair and makeup Elisabeth Rose—stationery Black and Blue Experience via East Coast Entertainment—band Linda Bowman—clergy Private residence—venue Party Tables—linens Royal Rides and Peak Limo—transportation John Atkins Acoustic Duo—guitarist Classic Party Rentals—rentals Classic Bride & Formals—gown Wink Lighting—lighting Chef Charles Catering—catering